If you had told me a year ago that I would have watched so many K-dramas, started a blog about them, bought more K-pop than I should have, started a Twitter account, and also made friends on Twitter, I might have called you bonkers...but all of that in fact did happen. So to celebrate this crazy, wonderful, silly, lovely year, I figured I should probably make some kind of top 10 favourites list or something. And they really are just my favourites, not necessarily the best of the best, but my favourites. And today is actually the anniversary of starting to watch My Name is Kim Samsoon! So without further ado:
1. Secret Garden
This drama will forever hold a special place in my heart. Yeah, I know that it has a few issues, but it has Binnie!!! (he comes home soon!!!! *jumps up and down for joy*) I think this is also the drama that really, really got me into K-pop, but the details are fuzzy now. My sister and I also watched it (well I was re-watching it) over Skype screenshare. It was a blast! And really who wouldn't want to watch Hyun Bin play a most convincing woman.
2. The Princess' Man
Park Shi Hoo!!! Park Shi Hoo!!! Park Shi Hoo!!! *cough* I mean what a beautiful drama - it really was. It had a gorgeous score, beautiful cinematography, a lovely-heartbreaking-breathtaking story, and some great, great acting. And Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo had sizzling chemistry.
3. The King 2 Hearts
Um, Seung Gi kind of stole the show on this one. While I have my beefs with the show (sloppy writing, unearned ending, awful villain, etc.), it really is one that warms my heart, and makes me want to jump up and down for the good parts, cry with the sad parts, and swoon at the lovely chemistry all around. It was also one of the best K-drama families I have ever seen. And Eun Shi Kyung - wow, Jo Jung Suk - wow, is all I can say.
4. Queen In Hyun's Man
This was definitely a cracktastic-runaway hit for me this year. It is also the only K-drama where I have watched more than snippets raw. Actually bustered and I watched episode 19 together raw. It was a memorable experience. I fell in love with Kim Boong Do, and the story, and just the general loveliness. It also the drama that finally convinced bustered and I to make this blog (we'd been playing around with the idea for a while). And it was super fun to watch the real-life love story of Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Ah - oh what lovely drama! *sigh* I want to finish re-watching this with my sister.
5. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Seriously one of my favourite dramas ever. It was lovurly, oh so lovurly. Funny, zany, sexy, swoony, goofy, and just all round awesome. I am really glad that tvN decided to do the Flower Boys series (I still need to finish Shut Up: Flower Boy Band - it would probably be on this list if I had). One of my all time favourite sexy scenes is the one where they're making kimchi, and then Cha Chi Soo comes and licks off the spice from her fingers it makes me swoon majorly every time I watch it. And really, I just love all the Flower Boys - especially Bawool.
6. City Hunter
I just love this drama. Not just because of Lee Min Hotte I promise! It also has one of the best soundtracks ever! I love the premise of a tortured revenge plot with some comedy and romance thrown in. It might not be the darkest or most perfect revenge drama ever, but it holds a special place in my heart. And Kim Sang Joon - I totally have an ajhussi crush on him.
7. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
I think I laughed out loud so much in this drama, and it's so stinkin' cute and adorable! Lee Seung Gi and Shin Min Ah are almost so cute it's unbearable! And really, this drama was just so good, and fun, and sad, and I ❤ it so much! And hotte gumiho hunter *swoon* a.k.a. No Min Woo - need I say more?
8. Answer Me 1997
Definitely one of the best dramas as far as editing, writing, execution go, and to boot it had plenty of heart. I was also incredibly impressed by the idol acting, and the general tone of the drama. It just hit the nail right on the head - I also pretty sure that we're all still swooning over Yoon Yoon Jae - Seo In Guk is so adorably swoonworthy.
9. You're Beautiful
Yay for silly and fun idol dramas and piggy bunnies! It was just a heartfelt, lovely romp through the crazy world of idols and heartbreaks. Probably more than anything, it made me a Jang Geun Suk fan for life - oh his swoony voice (and all his absolutely ridiculous faces). Yeah, this drama has plenty of flaws, but it's heart more than makes up for it for me.
10. Protect the Boss
I am so glad that this drama introduced me to Ji Sung! It was just so hilariously fabulous! And Jaejoong and Ji Sung were HILARIOUS as the fighting cousins - I think they might have been my favourite pairing in the drama. I dunno, I just luff this drama - it's light, it's got heart, and it's just super funny.
If I had already finished Gaksital by the time this post was ready, it would be on this list for sure. Oh the lovely-beautiful-heartbreaking Kang To!
Honorable mention: Vampire Prosecutor, The Snow Queen, and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. And for all the other dramas I've watched, you are welcome to check out the ratings page. And for some dramas I really want to watch:
Friend, Our Legend
Conspiracy in the Court
Time Between Dog and Wolf
Tree with Deep Roots
Dal Ja's Spring
Queen Seon Deok
The Return of Ijimae
Baker King, Kim Tak Goo
and a host of others.
I also need to start on the J-drama/Taiwanese/Chinese drama circuit...any suggestions? Or any K-drama suggestions of your favourites would be lovely as well!
Here's to another year of watching drama - well really, hopefully many more years!
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